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Beulah – The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled against a man’s efforts for a new trial after he was convicted of killing his wife by dragging her into a northern Michigan lake.

The court on Tuesday denied Mark Unger’s petition to review a lower court’s ruling.

Unger had argued that his rights were violated due to an ineffective trial lawyer. A federal appeals court last year rejected that claim, saying evidence against Unger was “overwhelming” and any failures by his lawyer were unlikely to affect the verdict in Benzie County.

Authorities have said Florence Unger of Huntington Woods was pushed in 2003 from a boathouse roof and dragged into Lower Herring Lake, where she drowned. Unger’s lawyers argued that she accidentally fell and died from injuries. She was seeking a divorce.

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